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EARLY CHILDHOOD

Our Nursery and Kindergarten classrooms lay a foundation of beauty and creativity for the young child. 

  • Children engage in songs, stories, puppet shows, rhythmic games, dramatic play, outdoor play, and nature walks. 

  • These activities cultivate language, memory, imagination, fine and gross motor skills, coordination, and concentration, and set the stage for academics and problem solving in the grades.  


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FIRST GRADE

Entering the Kingdom of Childhood with a sense of wonder and imagination: Fairy Tales, Nature Stories

  • Language Arts: Letter formation and sounds to symbols, story review supporting sequencing – reading comprehension, sight words, speech exercises, rhymes, poetry, phonemic awareness, reading and reading simple verses/stories, capitalization, simple punctuation
  • Arithmetic: Number formation, quality/number sense, the four processes, whole to parts, mental math, skip counting 
  • Arts: Form drawing, singing, pentatonic flute, painting, modeling, drama (class play)
  • Additional Subjects: Gardening, Farming, Handwork, Spanish, Music, Eurythmy

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SECOND GRADE

Exploring human potential and the relationship between choices and consequences: Holy People, Fables

  • Language Arts: Continued progress with reading, writing teacher-composed summaries of oral stories, writing sentences, speech exercises
  • Arithmetic: Multiplication facts, more mental math, more work with the four processes, adding columns, double digit addition, place value, borrowing, carrying, number patterns 
  • Arts: Form drawing, poetry, singing, pentatonic flute, speech, painting, modeling, bean bags, drama (class play) 
  • Additional Subjects: Gardening, Farming, Handwork, Spanish, Music, Eurythmy

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THIRD GRADE

Self-reliance through practical problem-solving: Farming, Cooking, Building Shelters, Hebrew Legends, Creation Stories

  • Language Arts: Grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, spelling rules, parts of speech, writing sentences and paragraphs, speech exercises
  • Arithmetic: solidification of times tables through 12, measurement, prime numbers, long division, money, and Practical Arts: house building, shelters, farming, gardening, textiles, cooking
  • Arts: Form drawing, poetry, song, painting, modeling, bean bags, drama (class play)
  • Additional Subjects: Gardening, Farming, Handwork, Spanish, Music, Eurythmy

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FOURTH GRADE

Emotional self-awareness and objective reasoning: Norse Mythology, Local History, Geography, Zoology

  • Language Arts: verb tenses, adverbs, prepositions, personal pronouns, work with grammatical rules, plurals, abbreviations, composition writing, spelling rules and tests, abbreviations, poetry, letter writing, speech exercises
  • Arithmetic: fractions, factorization, averages, word problems
  • Arts: Form drawing, poetry, song, recorder, speech, painting, modeling, bean bags, drama (class play)
  • Additional Subjects: Movement, Gardening, Farming, Handwork, Spanish, Music, Eurythmy, Orchestra (Strings) 

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FIFTH GRADE

Harmony at the mid-point between childhood and adolescence: Ancient India, Persia, Egypt, Greece, US Geography, Botany, Olympics

  • Language Arts: active and passive verbs, use of capitals, antonyms, writing compositions with an emphasis on descriptive writing, book reports, letter writing, spelling, punctuation, synonyms, homonyms, syntax, dictionary, spelling
  • Arithmetic: decimals, mixed numbers, reciprocals, the Metric system, free-hand geometric drawing
  • Arts: Form drawing, poetry, song, recorder, painting, modeling, drama (class play)
  • Additional Subjects: Movement, Gardening, Farming, Handwork, Spanish, Music, Eurythmy, Orchestra (Strings)

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SIXTH GRADE

Seeking balance between individuality and the desire to belong: Rome, Islam, Geography of North & South America, Geometry, Geology

  • Language Arts: subjunctive mood, conditional sentences, transitive and intransitive verbs, possessive and objective nouns, adjectives, usage, phrases and clauses, comparative adverbs, sentence diagramming, review eight parts of speech, expository writing, paragraphs, narration – descriptive and expositive, contrasts, outlining, business letters, spelling, speech exercises
  • Arithmetic: Interest, profit and loss, percentage, ratio, exchange, money, proportion, estimation, mathematical sentences, introduction of equations, geometry
  • Arts: poetry, song, recorder, drawing, painting, modeling, drama (class play)
  • Additional Subjects: Movement, Gardening, Farming, Handwork, Spanish, Music, Eurythmy, Orchestra (Strings)
 
 
 
 

Age guidelines for each grade

1st Grade: Child will have turned 6 by June 1 prior to entering 1st grade.
2nd Grade: Child will have turned 7 by June 1 prior to entering 2nd grade.
3rd Grade: Child will have turned 8 by June 1 prior to entering 3rd grade.
4th Grade: Child will have turned 9 by June 1prior to entering 4th grade.
5th Grade: Child will have turned 10 by June 1 prior to entering 5th grade.
6th Grade: Child will have turned 11 by June 1 prior to entering 6th grade.